Issue no 65 14th October 2009

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Thema launches VOD service for the African diaspora in France

Thema has pioneered offering a bouquet of African channels to the diaspora in France with considerable success in subscriber terms. It is now turning its attention to offering a VOD service to its growing number of viewers. And meanwhile Gabonese TV channel 3A Telesud on Bouygues Telecom’s Canal 215. Most of this innovation is happening in France but surely the same opportunities exist in Anglophone markets? Russell Southwood looks at what’s happening. Also in the issue, Sylvain Beletre went to MIPCOM to see what it meant for the African industry – see the Distribution section below. French distributor Thema which…

Broadcast

eNews channel launches on DStv bouquet

South Africa's first independent 24-hour news service will launch on DStv's premium and compact bouquets in southern Africa. Namibia; Zimbabwe; Mozambique; Botswana; Lesotho; Swaziland; Zambia; and Malawi will be able…


Broadcast

Zimbabwe: Mugabe Attacks international 'Pirate' Radio Stations Again

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe used an appearance at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) 'World 2009' meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday to attack the West for what he called the…


Broadcast

Zambia’s first commercial station Radio Phoenix goes Up for Sale

Radio Phoenix proprietor Errol Hickey has announced that he will pull out of the station next year citing lack of coordination among media bodies and poor support from Government as…


Broadcast

MTV Music Awards – Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa share most of the prizes

The MTV Africa Music Awards - the MAMA – and her pitching babes of Africa gave a sparkling performance in Nairobi on the 10th of October. It was a gala…


Broadcast

Debt-ridden community station Cape Town TV closes down

The station manager of debt-ridden and bankrupt community television Cape Town TV last week made an impassioned appeal to the Department of Communications (DoC) and all three tiers of government…


Broadcast

Broadcast In Brief:

- Access Bank Plc, has undertaken the sponsorship of the broadcast of UEFA competitions to the Nigerian public for the current UEFA season. This development follows HITV's acquisition of the…


Content

Gauteng Film Commission promotes 2010 catalogue celebrating FIFA World Cup South Africa

In June 2010, South Africa (SA) will host the FIFA World Cup – a mega sporting event that is comparable only to the Olympic Games. In preparation for this global…


Content

IMG sells international programs shot in Africa

At MIPCOM, IMG Entertainment was selling three major productions about Africa: http://www.imgprogramming.com/home/programmes/item475022/http://www.imgprogramming.com/home/programmes/item474999/ *"Ross Kemp - in search of pirates" shows Ross Kemp investigates the rarely seen, dangerous and secretive world…


Content

‘Botswood’ sees film production start to blossom in Botswana

If recent happenings are anything to go by, Botswana is also set to establish its own solid film industry, dubbed « Botswood » in the style of Nollywood and Riverwood…


Content

Nigeria: I Don't Believe in Censorship – AIT/Daar’s CEO Dokpesi interviewed

Last week Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper interviewed the CEO of AIT/Daar Chief Raymond Dokpesi and we have presented some of the interesting responses below : On local content : » There…


Content

Content In Brief:

- SABC1 introduces a new 13-part television series,'Nab’Ubomi' starting on Sunday, 11 October, between 12:30 and 13:00. Nab'Ubomi is an inter-school film-making competition which introduces young people to the media…


Distribution

MIPCOM: Africa almost a “no-show” – time for a continental stand

Last week Balancing Act’s Sylvain Beletre attended MIPCOM 2009, the international event for co-producing, buying and selling media content, held in Cannes, France, 5-9 October 2009. He went in search…


Distribution

MIPCOM: Orange distributing content in Africa

Orange had a stand at MIPCOM and was showing demos of its products and services (Internet, TV, Mobile). Xavier Couture, Orange’s EVP for content, presented new opportunities opened up to…


Distribution

Distribution In Brief:

- Echo Bridge has appointed Daro Film Distribution to manage thousands of hours of content across the African continent.


Investment

EC Funds for Africa: acpfilms.eu

The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States Secretariat (ACP Secretariat) launches a call for proposals financed by the “ACP-EU cooperation support programme for the ACP cinema and audiovisual sectors”,…


Investment

South Africa: Ster-Kinekor invests in two new state-of-the-art 3D cinemas

The mass appeal of 3D movies has now been firmly established, with Ster-Kinekor Theatres opening two new state-of-the-art 3D cinemas at Irene Mall and East Rand Mall. These two will…


Investment

Investment In Brief:

- South Africa’s most widely read film industry trade publication went online start of October. “This is the single largest investment we have made in the company,” says Lance Gibbons,…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa: Crime Fighting TV Programme to Be Launched

Police Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, and his Deputy, Fikile Mbalula, are to launch a crime fighting television programme on Thursday. The programme, When Duty Calls, hopes to build on the success…


Regulation & Policy

West Africa: Stakeholders Agree to Secure Freedom of Expression

Stakeholders in the West Africa media on Wednesday, 30th September 2009 in Abuja proposed a draft regional framework document that would help liberalize the environment for freedom of expression in…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief:

- Nigeria’s The Federal Capital Administration (FCTA) has disclosed that the decision to suspend the Board of Directors of the Aso Radio/Television was to enable it carry out uninhibited investigation…


Technology & Convergence

Kenya: Traders Gear Up for Boom from Broadcast Switchover to digital

The migration of broadcasting from analogue to digital will open a window of opportunities for entrepreneurs. Signs that traders are entering a boom period is the move by the body…


Technology & Convergence

M-Net scored 51.62 out of 100 for its social media reputation

South African subscription-funded television channel M-Net scored 51.62 out of 100 for its social media reputation. The rating was awarded by Yomego, the social media agency. M-Net's volume of noise…


More

Technology & Convergence In Brief:

- The Director of Technical Programmes (DTP) of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) Oscar Nchor, has noted that the migration of the analogue transmission to the digital transmission was a…